Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DU Gymnastics Makes NCAA Regionals

(above) Amanda Johanson celebrates her 9.675 bars routine with Kristina Coccia earlier this season
photo credit: Justin Edmonds

From: DenverPioneers.com

The #14 ranked University of Denver were selected to compete in the NCAA Regionals on the campus of the University of Illinois. Joining the Crimson and Gold in the six-team field will be #2 Oklahoma, #11 Stanford, #22 Illinois, #24 Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago. The meet will take place at Assembly Hall on April 7, at 3 PM MT.

"I'm really pleased with how the team performed to close out the regular season," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "We have room for improvement in training this week, but I'm pleased that this team is peaking at the right time of the season. We are looking forward to what should be a tremendous competition."

DU is coming off its first Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, scoring a 196.350 on its way to victory.  Denver finished the regular season with a Regional Qualifying Score of 196.090, the second-highest RQS in school-history.

The top-two teams from each six-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22.  DU will attempt to make their fourth appearance in the NCAA Championships [read entire article].

3 comments:

dggoddard said...

DU might be able to sneak into their first NCAA Championship if they can get by #11 Stanford.

Some great DU Gymnastics photos...

http://jcedmonds.blogspot.com/2011/01/denver-sports-photographers-du.html

Anonymous said...

DU has already been to the NCAA Final Meet three times.

2001- Finished 12th out of 12
2007- Finished 10th out of 12
2008- Finished 12th out of 12

We were/are usually the only non-BCS school to make it.

dggoddard said...

Thanks for the heads up. Great info and I'll add it to the body of the article.